Admiring Haarlem’s Beautiful Art Nouveau Station

Haarlem Station is an under-appreciated architectural gem in The Netherlands. I was sitting on a lacquered wooden bench, a Hema coffee in one hand, and I couldn’t help admiring one of The Netherlands’ most beautiful stations. It is airy and serene, the only Art Nouveau-style station in the country, and a pleasure to travel through. … More Admiring Haarlem’s Beautiful Art Nouveau Station

Copic Marker Challenge – Recreating Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch

I’ve used coloured pencils for years now, and I love using them for their versatility, ease of blending and burnishing, and ability to add fine detail. But I was curious to try out a new medium that looked really fun, the wonderful alcohol-based Copic marker. I wanted to throw myself into an ambitious challenge to … More Copic Marker Challenge – Recreating Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Night Watch

Bike Culture in The Netherlands – The Ultimate Dutch Bicycle Guide

It just takes one look at the streets of Amsterdam to realise that The Netherlands is a huge cycling country. The Netherlands is the perfect place to ride – The landscapes are flat,¬†cities and towns¬†are close together, and there’s a stunning 35,000km (22,000 miles) of dedicated cycle lanes criss-crossing the country. And that doesn’t even … More Bike Culture in The Netherlands – The Ultimate Dutch Bicycle Guide

Mini stories of Amsterdam and Cologne

Amsterdam The layout of central Amsterdam is easy enough to navigate. Beautiful, slow canals are cluttered by small wooden dingys (some half-sunk) and houseboats, their calm brown waters patterned with dark reflections of the bright leafy trees above. Short stone bridges vault over each canal in elegant frozen arcs. The canals spiderwebbed out from the … More Mini stories of Amsterdam and Cologne